Today's generation of the Chaytor family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chaytor family lived in Somerset
. They were originally from Carteret Manche, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Chaytor family
The surname Chaytor was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chaytor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaytor research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1178 and 1494 are included under the topic Early Chaytor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chaytor Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chaytor include Chaytor, Chater, Chaters, Chator, Chators and others.
Early Notables of the Chaytor family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Chaytor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chaytor family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Chaytors to arrive on North American shores:
Chaytor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Chaytor, who settled in Newbury in 1635
Chaytor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Chaytor, who settled in Baltimore in 1823
- Mary and William Chaytor, who arrived in New York City in 1823
Chaytor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Chaytor U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Penobscot Association CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Chaytor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J. C. Chaytor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860
- E. Chaytor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860
- A. Chaytor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1864
- Arthur Chaytor, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inflexible" in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Chaytor (post 1700)
- Sir William Richard Carter Chaytor, 2nd Baronet, British politician and businessman
- Steven John Chaytor, Australian politician
- David Michael Chaytor (b. 1949), British politician
The Chaytor Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortune le veut
Motto Translation: Fortune so wills it.